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See detailRetrieval of HCHO from MAX-DOAS measurements at the high-altitude alpine station of Jungfraujoch (46.5°N, 8.0°E)
Hendrick, François; Fayt, Caroline; Franco, Bruno ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 30)

Formaldehyde (HCHO) plays an important intermediate role in the atmospheric photo-oxidation pathways. It is produced during the oxidation of methane and many non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs ... [more ▼]

Formaldehyde (HCHO) plays an important intermediate role in the atmospheric photo-oxidation pathways. It is produced during the oxidation of methane and many non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) which participate to the formation of tropospheric ozone and secondary organic aerosols. HCHO is also directly released by biomass burning and fossil fuel combustion and to a lesser extent by vegetation. Measuring this species is therefore of major importance for air quality and climate change monitoring. In this presentation, HCHO near-surface concentrations and vertical column densities are retrieved from MAX-DOAS measurements performed at the high-altitude station of Jungfraujoch (3580m asl) in the Swiss Alps from July 2010 till December 2012. Although being most of the time located in the free troposphere, this station can be temporarily affected by pollution events originating from the valley, leading to a local increase of air pollutant concentrations. The capability of the MAX-DOAS technique to retrieve HCHO in such high-altitude location is investigated. The spatial representativeness and the impact of cloud cover on the measurements is also discussed. For verification purpose, our retrievals are compared to collocated FTIR observations, taking into account the difference in vertical resolution between both techniques. Simulations from the 3D-CTM IMAGES are also used to further assess the observed seasonal and diurnal cycles of HCHO surface concentration and vertical column. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude des propriétés des variants amyloïdogéniques du lysozyme humain à l’aide de fragments d’anticorps à chaînes lourdes comme sondes structurales
Dumont, Janice ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Les fibres amyloïdes sont des agrégats de protéines hautement organisés qui sont associés à une trentaine de maladies appelées amyloses, dont les maladies d'Alzheimer et de Parkinson et la maladie de la ... [more ▼]

Les fibres amyloïdes sont des agrégats de protéines hautement organisés qui sont associés à une trentaine de maladies appelées amyloses, dont les maladies d'Alzheimer et de Parkinson et la maladie de la vache folle. L'amylose systémique à lysozyme est une amylose non-neuropathique héréditaire associée à sept variants de la protéine (Y54N, I56T, F57I, W64R, D67H, F57I/T70N et W112R/T70N). Ces protéines forment des fibres amyloïdes extracellulaires qui se déposent dans de nombreux tissus et organes tels que le foie, la rate et les reins. Il a été montré que les mutations I56T et D67H diminuent la stabilité et la coopérativité globale de la protéine. Ainsi, dans des conditions proches des conditions physiologiques, ces variants forment, in vitro, transitoirement un état intermédiaire dans lequel le domaine β et l'hélice C se déplient de manière coopérative, alors que le reste du domaine α conserve sa structure native. La formation d'interactions intermoléculaires entre les régions dépliées serait à l'origine du processus d'agrégation qui conduit à la formation et au dépôt de fibres amyloïdes dans les tissus des patients porteurs de ces mutations. Il a également été montré que la liaison de trois fragments d'anticorps à chaînes lourdes de camélidés (VHH), dirigés contre le lysozyme humain de sauvage, inhibe in vitro la formation de fibres amyloïdes par les variants D67H et I56T. Ces trois VHH se lient à des régions différentes du lysozyme et inhibent la formation de fibres amyloïdes selon différents mécanismes. Au cours de ce doctorat, seize nouveaux VHH spécifiques du lysozyme humain ont été générés. Des expériences de liaisons compétitives suivies par résonnance plasmonique de surface ont montré que les 16 VHH se lient à cinq épitopes distincts à la surface du lysozyme. Quatre d’entre eux sont capables de se lier au lysozyme dans les conditions utilisées in vitro pour induire la formation de fibres amyloïdes par les variants du lysozyme. Leur site de liaison a été déterminé par RMN. Deux d'entre eux reconnaissent des épitopes différents de ceux des trois VHH caractérisés précédemment. Des expériences d’échange H/D analysés par spectrométrie de masse ont montré que les 4 VHH ont des capacités différentes à restaurer la coopérativité globale du variant D67H du lysozyme. L’analyse de l’ensemble des résultats nous a permis d’identifier qu'elles sont les régions du lysozyme qui doivent être affectées par la liaison d'un VHH afin de restaurer la coopérativité globale de la protéine. La liaison simultanée aux deux domaines (i.e. α et β) semble être le dénominateur commun de tous les VHH restaurant la coopérativité globale du variant D67H. La liaison aux hélices B et C, ainsi que de l'interface des deux domaines semble aussi contribuer à la restauration de la coopérativité globale. A l'inverse, une liaison qui perturbe la partie N-terminale ne permet pas de restaurer la coopérativité globale de la protéine. La liaison d’un VHH, cAb-HuL9a, au variant D67H du lysozyme inhibe de manière similaire la formation de l’intermédiaire partiellement déplié, l'élongation de fibres amyloïdes préformées et la formation de fibres amyloïdes in vitro. Cette observation est en accord avec l’hypothèse selon laquelle, la formation de cet intermédiaire est à l’origine de l’amyloïdogénicité des variants du lysozyme. Afin d'étudier les effets des mutations amyloïdogéniques récemment identifiées sur les propriétés du lysozyme et ainsi obtenir une meilleure connaissance du mécanisme de formation des fibres amyloïdes, il est nécessaire de produire ces variants en grande quantité. Les variants D67H, I56T et F57I sont produits dans Aspergillus niger. L'expression des variants dans ce micro-organisme est toutefois particulièrement chronophage alors que les rendements de production sont relativement faibles. Les tentatives d'utiliser d'autres systèmes de production tels que Pichia pastoris ou le système bacculovirus n'ont pas été concluantes. Aussi, dans le cadre de mon doctorat, j’ai étudié la possibilité de produire le variant D67H sous forme de corps d'inclusion dans Escherichia. coli. Un protocole permettant de produire 20 mg de protéine sous forme de corps d’inclusion par litre de culture a été développé. Différents stratégies ont été testées pour replier la protéine à partir des corps d’inclusion. Cette approche a permis d’obtenir une protéine ayant 90% d’activité spécifique du lysozyme. Le rendement massique obtenu après repliement est néanmoins très faible. [less ▲]

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See detailMigration in post-socialist China: cultural struggles, narration and the shaping of identities
Florence, Eric ULg

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See detailRecords of human activity during the late-Holocene in the soils of the African dense humid forest
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Biwolé, Achille; Bourland, Nils ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 30)

Recently, several authors gathered data about the presence of past human populations in tropical regions covered by dense forest nowadays. In central Africa, there is a growing body of evidence for past ... [more ▼]

Recently, several authors gathered data about the presence of past human populations in tropical regions covered by dense forest nowadays. In central Africa, there is a growing body of evidence for past human settlements along the Atlantic coast, but very little information is available further inland. In this perspective, soil records seem to be the most appropriated so as to appraise the spatial and temporal extent of human activity in the African dense humid forest. In this paper, we thus aimed to present a synthesis of the archaeological and archaeobotanical data obtained during several fieldwork campaigns in an archaeologically unexplored area of 200,000 km² located in southern Cameroon and the northern Republic of Congo. A total of 275 test pits, among them 30 pedological pits up to 150 cm deep, were excavated in the study area. So as to get a long temporal scale as well as a fine resolution spatial scale, we quantified wood charcoal and charred endocarps in soil samples by layers of 10 cm taken for 100 pits located along transects of systematic sampling. Spatial projections were performed using statistics together with multivariate analyses. AMS radiocarbon dating allowed interpreting the temporal framework. Evidence of past human activities through either artifacts or charred botanical remains was observed in all pits, in particular with the ubiquitous presence of charcoal at each site. Main charcoal peaks were interpreted as fields (slash-and-burn agriculture) in the vicinity of ancient villages, the later marked by the presence of both potsherds and oil palm endocarps. The dichotomy of these kinds of activities may have impacted differentially the environment during the past. The set of 73 radiocarbon dates extending from 15,000 BP to the present time provided more dates in the late-Holocene showing a bimodal distribution which was interpreted as two phases of human expansion with an intermediate phase of population crash. The 2300–1300 BP phase is correlated with the migrations of supposed farming populations from northwestern Cameroon. Between 1300 and 670 BP, less material could be dated. Following that population collapse, the 670–20 BP phase corresponds to a new period of human expansion known as the Late Iron Age. The dates obtained support the established chronology reported for whole central Africa. This study underlines the necessity of fieldwork efforts and of the usefulness of archives sealed in soil records so as to bring new, extensive and precise evidence of human activities in the Congo Basin. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatio-Temporal Analysis of Equatorial Ionospheric Scintillations in the Frame of Absolute GNSS Positioning Algorithms
Lonchay, Matthieu ULg; Cornet, Yves ULg; Aquino, Marcio et al

Conference (2014, April 30)

The ionosphere has always been a major limitation for GNSS positioning applications. Free electrons in the ionosphere perturb the propagation of GNSS radio signals involving both refraction and ... [more ▼]

The ionosphere has always been a major limitation for GNSS positioning applications. Free electrons in the ionosphere perturb the propagation of GNSS radio signals involving both refraction and diffraction effects. The ionospheric refraction mainly results in a modification of the propagation speed of the GNSS electromagnetic signals, inducing an error (propagation delay or phase advance depending on the observable) in GNSS measurements. In the frame of absolute positioning techniques, single-frequency algorithms usually exploit an ionospheric model to mitigate the ionospheric error while dual-frequency algorithms, such as the well-known Precise Point Positioning (PPP), take the benefit of the availability of two frequencies and the fact that the ionosphere is a dispersive medium to construct an ionosphere-free mathematical model. But these two strategies are not able to counteract the effect of the ionospheric diffraction which is due to small-scale irregularities in the free electron density. By scattering GNSS signals, these irregularities generate rapid fluctuations (scintillations) in the amplitude and phase of GNSS signals with critical consequences for GNSS applications: cycle slips, signal power fading, receiver loss of lock and poor resulting satellite geometry. The goal of our research is to develop a strategy to mitigate the effect of ionospheric scintillations on absolute GNSS positioning techniques, in particular the SPP (Standard Point Positioning) and the PPP (Precise Point Positioning). The strategy is based on the adjustment of the stochastic model. In order to construct the stochastic model (diagonal and non-diagonal elements) and study the correlation between observables, we adopted a “spatial” and an “empirical” approach. The spatial approach consists in a study of the spatial autocorrelation existing in scintillations effects on GNSS signals. The spatial autocorrelation is detected by using specific spatial analysis techniques applied on data from a network of ISMR (Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring Receiver) stations located at equatorial and polar latitudes, where scintillations effects are most severe. The knowledge of how scintillation effects are spatially correlated is helpful for determining a coherent stochastic model. The empirical approach does not take into account the phenomenon spatiality and the locations of the measurements but only the observation data. Its objective is to determine the statistical correlation which exists between GNSS measurements during a scintillation event by using a moving filter applied on GNSS observation and scintillation data. The spatial approach exploits data and data locations while the empirical approach is based only the data itself. [less ▲]

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See detailLD-based haplotype encoding scheme with iterative pruning principal component analysis (ipPCA) to retrieve population substructures
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Fouladi, Ramouna ULg; Wangkumhang, Pongsakorn et al

Poster (2014, April 29)

Objective To identify and differentiate between subpopulations using a rich set of genetic markers, as using reduced sets of genetic markers for these purposes can become challenging, especially when ... [more ▼]

Objective To identify and differentiate between subpopulations using a rich set of genetic markers, as using reduced sets of genetic markers for these purposes can become challenging, especially when similar geographic regions are involved or when spurious patterns are likely to exist. Method Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are commonly used to capture variations between populations and often genome-wide SNP data are pruned based on linkage disequilibrium (LD) patterns. Notably, haplotype composition and the pattern of LD between markers may vary between larger populations but may also play a role within more confined geographic regions. Indeed, knowledge about haplotypes in unrelated individuals can reveal useful information about genetic ancestry. Here, we use iterative pruning principal component analysis (ipPCA) [1] to identify and characterize subpopulations in an unsupervised way. As input data, either pruned genome-wide SNP data are used (using PLINK 1.9 with the "indep-pairwise" option, window size = 100k, r2 < 0.25) or multilocus haplotype information derived from the genome-wide SNP panel (using BEAGLE 3.3.2 to infer haplotype). These approaches are applied to real-life data from 992 Thai individuals [2]. Result Preliminary results indicate that ipPCA applied to pruned SNP data or ipPCA that explicitly uses multilocus information (haplotypes) give complementary information about population substructure for geographically confined populations such as the Thai samples in this study. Both methods address different aspects of population structure. Detailed simulation studies are needed to identify the optimal scenarios for haplotype-based ipPCA. Conclusion In this work, we propose to combine an LD-based haplotype encoding scheme with the ipPCA machinery to retrieve fine population substructures. Despite the complexities that are associated with haplotype inference, added value can be obtained when the LD structure between SNPs is exploited in the search for relevant population strata. References 1. Intarapanich, A., et al., Iterative pruning PCA improves resolution of highly structured populations. BMC Bioinformatics, 2009. 10: p. 382. 2. Wangkumhang, P., et al., Insight into the peopling of Mainland Southeast Asia from Thai population genetic structure. PLoS One, 2013. 8(11): p. e79522. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude des Culicoides Latreille (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) vecteurs d'agents pathogènes: état des lieux des espèces belges, de leurs micro-habitats larvaires et de leurs préférences trophiques
Zimmer, Jean-Yves ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Biting midges of the genus Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are the biological vectors of many recently described pathogens in Northern Europe, including the Bluetongue and Schmallenberg viruses ... [more ▼]

Biting midges of the genus Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are the biological vectors of many recently described pathogens in Northern Europe, including the Bluetongue and Schmallenberg viruses. These arboviral diseases have led to considerable economic loss in sheep and cattle livestock. However, many uncertainties remain regarding the distribution, biology, and ecology of these vectors. This research project had three main objectives. The first objective was to conduct an inventory of the different Culicoides species on different Belgian farms and on wetlands, using light traps. Many more Culicoides were caught in the vicinity of buildings than in meadows; this finding seemed to be influenced by the density of hosts near the trap and the opening of buildings. The Obsoletus complex was predominant inside buildings and in the meadows of farms; however, the meadows exhibited greater species diversity. The oligotrophic species C. impunctatus, a potential vector of several pathogens, was particularly abundant in peat bogs. The traps that were used herein enabled the identification of three species that have not previously been reported in Belgium, bringing the total number of Belgian species to 52. The second objective was to identify and characterize larval microhabitats of the main Belgian species of Culicoides, and to study the distribution of coprophilous species (C. chiopterus and C. dewulfi) in meadows. Ten Belgian cattle farms were monitored for two consecutive years, and sixteen substrates conducive to the larval development of these biting midges were identified. The most significant finding was that different types of silage residues (e.g., corn, grass, beet pulp, and their combinations) were favourable to the larvae of the two species that compose the Obsoletus complex. A larval microhabitat that is appropriate to these two species was also identified, for the first time, directly inside a barn: specifically, within the dried dung stuck to the barn walls and resulting from the partial removal of used litter. Therefore, Culicoides could complete their life cycle in the vicinity of the stables, which might explain the persistence of the virus from one year to the next despite harsh winters. Influences of the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio, lignin, insoluble fibre, magnesium, and calcium on the presence of larvae were also examined. The third objective was to study the feeding preferences of the species C. obsoletus. This species is prevalent on Belgian farms and has considerable medical and veterinary relevance. Behavioural analyses were performed under field and laboratory conditions, respectively through a flight tunnel containing potential hosts (human, calf, sheep and chicken) and a two-choice olfactometer containing volatile extracts of host skin. The field experiment revealed the preference of C. obsoletus females for large hosts, probably caused by greater emission of carbon dioxide. In contrast, these midges were more attracted to volatile organic compounds released from the skin surface of chicken and sheep during the laboratory experiment. This study contributed to improve the fundamental knowledge of Palaearctic species of the genus Culicoides, and highlighted promising avenues to control these biting midges. Knowledge of the breeding sites of Culicoides could thus allow substrates to be monitored and control or hygiene measures to be implemented, while preventing new sites from being created. A better understanding of the vector-host interactions may aid in developing new strategies to control adult midges, while improving understanding of the pathogen transmission cycle and the epidemiology of associated diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamique des forêts irrégulières et mélangées: de la modélisation aux recommandations sylvicoles
Ligot, Gauthier ULg

Conference (2014, April 29)

Close-to-nature management of forests has been increasingly advocated and practiced. However forest managers often face difficulties in maintaining the mixture of species with different shade tolerance ... [more ▼]

Close-to-nature management of forests has been increasingly advocated and practiced. However forest managers often face difficulties in maintaining the mixture of species with different shade tolerance. We studied this issue in uneven-aged acidophile medio-European beech forests. In these forests, while forest management has achieved regular timber production, it has rarely succeeded in promoting a diversified natural regeneration. In view of this, our objective is to refine our knowledge about the dynamic of uneven-aged mixed forests using a modelling approach. A set of consistent models were carried out to describe stand dynamic with, in particular, models of regeneration growth and light interception. The models were then implemented in a simulator in order to perform prospective analysis. In contrast to expectations, we found that saplings of beech, the shade-tolerant species, had the highest height growth rate at all light levels. Beech saplings reached an optimum growth at transmittance of 10%, whereas oak saplings needed more than 20%. These results indicate that oak saplings are systematically outcompeted by beech saplings across the light gradient. Thus, the control of canopy opening is not sufficient to promote the natural regeneration of oak beneath a stand also containing beech. Taking into account these latter results, we compared cutting strategies varying in type and intensity. Creating gaps of about 500 m² provided adequate light for small regeneration clumps. Cutting from below, species-specific cutting and uniform cutting were also appropriate but uniform cutting required higher harvest intensity. Cutting from above weakly increased understory light and promoted rather shade tolerant species. Finally we provided indications on different strategies that promote the regeneration of less-shade tolerant species, depending on the spatial aggregation of saplings, and the desired post-harvest stand structure and composition. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards deep changes for a more resilient farming system: Examining roles farmers, science and citizens can play in transition
Klaedtke, Stephanie ULg

Conference (2014, April 29)

This lecture considers the complexity of challenges of the agricultural transition from the perspective of farmers, who act at the intersection between the ecology, economy and policy. The lecture will ... [more ▼]

This lecture considers the complexity of challenges of the agricultural transition from the perspective of farmers, who act at the intersection between the ecology, economy and policy. The lecture will start by providing an overview on the resource requirements for our global production chains of life stock and meat, grain and legume farming and say some words on the human diet, and food and feed conversion efficiency of energy-intake through food. This lecture also places a fresh emphasis on the development of local knowledge and locally specific arming and nutrition practices that are adapted to local environments, as a necessary complement to agricultural science striving to make universal claims. This leads on to basic insights on needs for knowledge production in agriculture, and merits and limitations of action research and engaged research, raising questions on how farmers, scientists and citizens might better collaborate to inform choices in food production and consumption. For the future there are some indications on a new trend on new more decentralised governance of the food system including citizen’s involvement in French organic certification and Community based Auditing and citizens science in communities in Australia to work with farmers on reducing environmental impacts and address ensuing trade-offs for farmers as a community. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of a commercial monoacylglycerol on the crystallization mechanism of palm oil as compared to its pure constituents
Verstringe, Stefanie; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

in Food Research International (2014), 62

The effect of a commercialmonoacylglycerol (MAG),Myverol™18 04-PK(Myverol), on the non-isothermal crystallization mechanismof palm oil (PO) was investigated and compared to the effect of the two main ... [more ▼]

The effect of a commercialmonoacylglycerol (MAG),Myverol™18 04-PK(Myverol), on the non-isothermal crystallization mechanismof palm oil (PO) was investigated and compared to the effect of the two main constituents of Myverol, monopalmitin and monostearin. The MAGs were added to PO in concentrations up to 8% and the blends were studied using different techniques (differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and polarized light microscopy (PLM)). The DSC crystallization profiles revealed an earlier onset of crystallization along with extra crystallization peaks when MAGs were added to PO. Combined with X-ray results, it could be concluded that the crystallization process of the blends is initiated by the MAGs crystallizing in the α form and then transforming to sub-α. The effect on the non-isothermal crystallization of the PO TAGs is confined to an earlier onset of crystallization, probably through a template effect, and an effect on the crystal structure coarseness. [less ▲]

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See detailLe statut du chercheur comme acteur de l'institution, comme chercheur et comme travailleur
Cormann, Grégory ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

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See detailIntermediaries, transport costs and interlinked transaction
Tharakan, Joseph ULg

Conference (2014, April 29)

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See detailMultiscale modelling of angiogenesis during normal and impaired bone regeneration
Carlier, Aurélie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Bone regeneration is, like many other healing events, a complex, well-orchestrated process involving a myriad of different cell types and regulated by countless biochemical, physical and mechanical ... [more ▼]

Bone regeneration is, like many other healing events, a complex, well-orchestrated process involving a myriad of different cell types and regulated by countless biochemical, physical and mechanical factors. But unlike other adult biological tissues, the majority of bone fractures can heal without the production of scar tissue, eventually recovering the original bone shape, size and strength. Despite bone’s remarkable healing capacity and the continuing research efforts, the impaired healing of complex orthopaedic cases is still not fully understood. This PhD work hypothesises that computational modelling can make a substantial contribution to the bone regeneration field by proposing and testing the underlying mechanisms of action as well as by designing and optimising experimental strategies in silico. In the first part of this work, an existing bioregulatory model of fracture healing is extended with an intracellular module of Dll4-Notch1 signalling in order to capture the ingrowth of new blood vessels through sprouting angiogenesis. The predictions of the new MOSAIC model are compared to experimental results and an extensive sensitivity analysis is performed on the newly introduced parameters. The potential of the MOSAIC model to investigate the influence of the molecular mechanisms on angiogenesis and consequently the bone formation process is illustrated. In the second part of this work, the MOSAIC model is further improved with a rigorous implementation of the influence of oxygen on the behaviour of skeletal cells. A comprehensive literature study is performed in order to ensure the correspondence of the oxygen ranges of the cell-specific oxygen-dependent processes with the state-of-the-art experimental knowledge. The oxygen model is corroborated with previously published experimental results. The robustness of the oxygen model with respect to the newly introduced oxygen thresholds is demonstrated by a sensitivity analysis. Some limitations and shortcomings of the oxygen model are identified together with suggestions for future work. In the last part of this work, the added value of the oxygen model is shown by applying it to three cases of impaired bone healing: the occurrence of nonunions in critical size defects, bone graft healing in a compromised environment and the impaired healing of bone fractures in NF1 patients. Not only is the oxygen model used to determine the underlying mechanisms of action, potential treatment strategies for the respective challenging orthopaedic conditions are also designed and optimised in silico. In conclusion, this PhD thesis demonstrates the potential of an integrative in vivo-in silico approach to advance our current understanding of bone regeneration as well as to design effective treatments of complex bone fractures. [less ▲]

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See detailQuasi-periodic flares in Jupiter's aurora : new results
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Badman, Sarah et al

Conference (2014, April 29)

Two recent Hubble Space Telescope observation campaigns have been dedicated to the Jovian Far-UV aurora (GO 12883 – PI: D. Grodent and GO 13035 – PI: S. Badman). Both of them made use of the Time-Tag mode ... [more ▼]

Two recent Hubble Space Telescope observation campaigns have been dedicated to the Jovian Far-UV aurora (GO 12883 – PI: D. Grodent and GO 13035 – PI: S. Badman). Both of them made use of the Time-Tag mode of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), a high time resolution mode which allows to observe temporal variations on timescales of tens of seconds. In the present study, we focus on sudden and spectacular bursts of auroral emissions taking place in the active region located poleward of the main emissions and called “flares”. A previous study, based on only two image sequences acquired with rather unfavorable viewing angles, showed that these flares could reappear quasi-periodically on time scales of 2-3 minutes. Phenomena with similar timescales have been identified by in-situ spacecraft in relativistic electron and radio data as well as in reconnection signatures, for example. But the physical mechanism behind these ubiquitous signatures remains to be unveiled. Here we make use of the most recent and much larger data set to study in further details the occurrence rate, the period, the location, the extent and the motion of these quasi-periodic flares and to compare their behavior in both hemispheres. Quantifying these parameters allows us to narrow down the possibilities among likely explanations and provide a tentative scenario for these short timescale quasi-periodic features. [less ▲]

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See detailVadose zone studies at an industrial contaminated site: the vadose zone monitoring system and cross-hole geophysics
Fernandez de Vera, Natalia ULg; Beaujean, Jean ULg; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2014, April 29)

Poster presented at the European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2014. In this poster, the installation of the vadose zone experimental set up is presented along with first results

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See detailCode du développement territorial et politique foncière
Fontaine, Pierre; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference (2014, April 28)

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See detailMuti-scale methods with strain-softening: damage-enhanced MFH for composite materials and computational homogenization for cellular materials with micro-buckling
Wu, Ling ULg; Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Doghri, Issam et al

Scientific conference (2014, April 28)

Materials used in the aerospace industry, as composite or foamed materials are multiscale in nature. To predict the macroscopic behaviour of structures made of such materials, the micro-scopic responses ... [more ▼]

Materials used in the aerospace industry, as composite or foamed materials are multiscale in nature. To predict the macroscopic behaviour of structures made of such materials, the micro-scopic responses should also be computed within a nested scheme. This is particularly true when non-linear behaviours are modelled, or when the failure and post failure analyses are sought. In this work, multi-scale methods with strain softening are developed in the contexts of damage modelling for composite laminates and of buckling analyses in cellular materials. First, an anisotropic gradient–enhanced continuum damage model is embedded in a mean–field homogenization (MFH) process for elasto-plastic composites. The homogenization procedure is based on the newly developed incremental secant mean-field homogenization formulation, for which the residual stress and strain states reached in the phases upon a fictitious elastic unloading are considered as starting point to apply the secant method. The mean stress fields in the phases are then computed using isotropic secant tensors, which are naturally used to define the Linear Comparison–Composite The resulting multi– scale model is then applied to study the damage process at the meso–scale of laminates, and in particular the damaging of plies in a composite stack. By using the gradient–enhanced continuum damage model, the problem of losing uniqueness upon strain softening is avoided. Second, an efficient multi–scale finite element framework capturing the buckling instabilities in cellular materials is developed. As a classical multi–scale computational homogenization scheme loses accuracy with the apparition of the macroscopic localizations resulting from the micro–buckling, the second order multi–scale computational homogenization scheme is considered. This second–order computational framework is enhanced with the following novelties so that it can be used for cellular materials. At the microscopic scale, the periodic boundary condition is used because of its efficiency. As the meshes generated from cellular materials exhibit a large void part on the boundaries and are not conforming in general, the classical enforcement based on the matching nodes cannot be applied. A new method based on the polynomial interpolation2 without the requirement of the matching mesh condition on opposite boundaries of the representative volume element (RVE) is developed. Next, in order to solve the underlying macroscopic Mindlin strain gradient continuum of this second–order scheme by the displacement–based finite element framework, the treatment of high order terms is based on the discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method to weakly impose the C1-continuity. Finally, as the instability phenomena are considered at both scales of the cellular materials, the path following technique is adopted to solve both the macroscopic and microscopic problems. [less ▲]

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